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(85,631 posts)
Tue Nov 17, 2015, 09:14 PM Nov 2015

Must-see video of Martin O’Malley's historic meal with a DAPA-eligible family

On November 15, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Governor Martin O'Malley sat down for a meal with a DAPA eligible family from Austin, Texas, to hear how the program would benefit them.

DAPA Dinners is a campaign by America's Voice, United We Dream Action and the Center for Community Change ActionFair Immigration Reform Movement

O’Malley’s visit with the Ramirez family — consisting of several DACA-recipient children, a U.S. citizen child, and DAPA-eligible parents — is the first time to our knowledge that a Presidential candidate has visited the home of a family headed by undocumented immigrants.

During the dinner, the family discussed how their lives have been impacted by Congress’s inaction on immigration reform, as well as the partisan lawsuit blocking the implementation of DAPA, which would protect the family’s parents from deportation and allow them to work legally in the country and continue contributing to their community and their local economy.

As the Governor sat with the Ramirez’s for a home-cooked meal prepared by the family’s matriarch, he was able to hear from the family first-hand how the lack of immigration reform has personally impacted them, and left their children living in fear due to their mom and dad’s legal status.

“I live in constant fear of coming home from school and not being able to see my family, not knowing if I’m ever going to see them again,” Abigail, the family’s U.S. citizen child, told O’Malley.

The DAPA Dinner with Governor O’Malley and the Ramirez family was organized by the Workers Defense in Action PAC, with assistance from America’s Voice, United We Dream Action and the Center for Community Change Action/Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and the groups have extended invitations to all 2016 Presidential candidates and members of Congress.

The dinner was filmed by Miguel Gutierrez Jr, a multimedia producer and visual journalist living in Austin, TX, and is a must-watch:

read: http://americasvoice.org/blog/video-presidential-candidate-martin-omalley-sits-with-immigrant-family-for-dapa-dinner/


Martin O'Malley in East Austin eating w/Ramirez family - Parents are undocumented immigrants

Immigrant mother hands @MartinOMalley two graduation tassels, saying, "These are the dreams of each of my children."
__Mark Wiggins ?@MarkW_KVUE

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Must-see video of Martin O’Malley's historic meal with a DAPA-eligible family (Original Post) bigtree Nov 2015 OP
this is wasted here bigtree Nov 2015 #1
Yup, very sad. n/t FSogol Nov 2015 #2
Yeah, you put a lot of time into this and it got no attention. askew Nov 2015 #3
Policy, HA! elleng Nov 2015 #5
Pretty sad what political forums/blogs have come to in this primary season. askew Nov 2015 #6
Sure is. Hope tomorrow's a better day. elleng Nov 2015 #7
Have fun! Sometimes you just have to tune out political news and go enjoy life. askew Nov 2015 #8
This is lovely! elleng Nov 2015 #4
one more kick bigtree Nov 2015 #9
Cross posted your thread link to the Populist Reform Group demwing Nov 2015 #10
I saw it! MuseRider Nov 2015 #11
Very Cool walking the walk ALBliberal Nov 2015 #12


(85,631 posts)
1. this is wasted here
Tue Nov 17, 2015, 09:34 PM
Nov 2015

...for the smattering of attention it gets.

So sad for this family that they can't find as many allies here as folks who say they're progressive and for immigration reform.

...off to work.


(1,464 posts)
3. Yeah, you put a lot of time into this and it got no attention.
Tue Nov 17, 2015, 10:15 PM
Nov 2015

There really is no point in trying to have policy discussions here.


(34,029 posts)
11. I saw it!
Wed Nov 18, 2015, 11:25 AM
Nov 2015

I totally missed seeing that this was here. I try to give kicks and recs when I see O'Malley posts. He is a good guy. He deserves more support. I hope he runs again if it remains like this for him this time.

Very touching.

Thanks for the heads up. We miss so many good things in the middle of all the horrible arguing.

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